James Dondero is the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. It has been announced that he has been named by Southern Methodist University to their Executive Board for the Cox School of Business. The relationship between Highland Capital and Southern Methodist University has grown strong over the years; Highland Capital created and endowed the university’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars program. This program teaches students who are pursuing public policy as a career. Highland Capital Management also financially supports the George W. Bush Presidential Libary and Museum.
When his naming to the board was announced, James Dondero said that The Cox School graduates a great many students who go on to contribute to the Dallas business community. He added that he felt honored to contribute to the Cox School’s mission.The Cox School Executive Board is made up of 100 members and they each contribute to the strategy of the school. The board meets one time each in the spring, winter, and fall.James Dondero has a number of other positions in the Dallas business community. He is also the Chairman of Cornerstone Health, CCS Medical, NexBank, and NexPoint Residential Trust. Additionally, he is a board member of Jernigan Capital and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.
Mr. Dondero is a graduate of the University of Virgina-McIntire School of Commerce where he majored in both accounting and finance. He has also earned the financial designations of Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Management Accountant. He began his professional career in 1984 at Morgan Guaranty. In 1985, he joined American Express where he was a Portfolio Manager and Corporate Bond Analyst. He also worked at Protective Life and was instrumental in creating their GIC subsidiary.Along with Mark Okada, James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1991. He now specializes in alternative investments such as high-yield corporate bonds and distressed investing. He also packages and sells other alternative investment assets such as hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity funds, institutional separate accounts, and REITs. As President of Highland Capital Management, he oversees day-to-day operations as well as sets the overall corporate strategy of the firm.